How can I fix the scratches on our real leather couch?

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I have used stain before but it stains darker than the leather. The couch is almost like a milk chocolate in color. would I need to use stain but go  many shades lighter than the color of the couch to make it match instead of darker???
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  • Johnchip Johnchip on Feb 09, 2017
    Shoe polish

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Feb 09, 2017
    https://www.hometalk.com/diy/repair/furniture/how-to-easily-repair-and-cover-cat-scratches-on-leather-furniture-25723001

  • Hillela G. Hillela G. on Feb 09, 2017
    try rubbing a bit a of coconut oil in it, let it sit for an hour or two and then polish. Good luck!

  • Shaley Shaley on Feb 09, 2017
    Thanks everyone!

  • Carol Carol on Feb 11, 2017
    Felt pens...come in many colors. Choose a shade lighter than the color of the leather , because you can always go darker if needed. Try just making tiny dots rather than a long stroke.

  • Shaley Shaley on Feb 11, 2017
    Thanks, I had tried on an older chair with wood touch up markers. Big mistake it didn't work it just made them stand out more.

  • Kat8629957 Kat8629957 on Feb 12, 2017
    I've had good luck over the years with paste type shoe polish...just put additional layers on till the color matches and buff it well. Even if the scratch isn't invisible, it looks better and the leather is in better condition. This also works to put a protective layer on (just like taking care of a good pair of shoes).

  • 2dogal 2dogal on Feb 12, 2017
    Check out a farm/feed supply store that has horse supplies. Lots of leather products there - Riders want to keep their leather saddles and reins clean & soft . Leather New is one product - saddle soap another. Get someone who works there assist you in picking out a product that'll help with scratches.

  • Shaley Shaley on Feb 12, 2017
    know the stuff well, thanks.

  • Rch12195909 Rch12195909 on Feb 19, 2017
    Liquid rit dye worked wonderful on our red leather furniture. Use use damp paper towel, choose color of due that's matches your leather, rub on, that's it. The wetter your paper towel, or the more you dilute the dye with water the lighter your color will be.

  • Angie Angie on Feb 20, 2017
    I saw one website that really improved the scratches on her leather couch with olive oil. Google it and see what you think

  • Shaley Shaley on Feb 20, 2017
    That probably would work BUT I know it can go rancid with time. I think we decided to go with Leather luv cream products. Thanks.

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  • Lavonne Lavonne on Mar 14, 2021

    I’ve had pretty good results just wiping down with white vinegar. Use generous amount of vinegar.